Something About This Russia Story Stinks - Rolling Stone:
"In an extraordinary development Thursday, the Obama administration announced a series of sanctions against Russia.
Thirty-five Russian nationals will be expelled from the country.
President Obama issued a terse statement seeming to blame Russia for the hack of the Democratic National Committee emails...
This dramatic story puts the news media in a jackpot.
Absent independent verification, reporters will have to rely upon the secret assessments of intelligence agencies to cover the story at all.
Many reporters I know are quietly freaking out about having to go through that again.
We all remember the WMD fiasco.
"It's déjà vu all over again" is how one friend put it.
You can see awkwardness reflected in the headlines that flew around the Internet Thursday.
Some news agencies seemed split on whether to unequivocally declare that Russian hacking took place, or whether to hedge bets and put it all on the government to make that declaration, using "Obama says" formulations.
The New York Times was more aggressive, writing flatly, "Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking."
It backed up its story with a link to a joint FBI/Homeland Security report that details how Russian civilian and military intelligence services (termed "RIS" in the report) twice breached the defenses of "a U.S. political party," presumably the Democrats.
This report is long on jargon but short on specifics.
More than half of it is just a list of suggestions for preventive measures..."